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Written by: Willie McGonigle on Sunday, November 8th, 2020
SPRINGFIELD: Last season when the Springfield Cougars visited the Radnor Red Raiders it was Brett Barber with a field goal with under a minute left in the game that allowed the Cougars to come away with a dramatic 10-7 victory. On Friday night the two teams squared off again this time at Springfield High and it once again came down to field goal attempt in the final minute. However the outcome was different this time has the Red Raiders were able to come away with the 13-10 hard fought victory. Scott Belveal’s block of Jake Kuzmick’s potential game tying field goal sealed the come-from-behind victory. Belveal came in thanks to a hold that opened up Daetrel Jerome.
The Cougars took the games open kicking off and drove down to the Red Raiders 37 yard line before back to back holding penalty’s killed their drive resulting in them having to punt. The Cougars defense responded forcing the Red Raiders to a three and out. The lone point of the first half came on the second Cougars drive and was a 27 yard field goal by Kuzmick. Kuzmick has had a 50 yard field goal fall short.
After only spending 20 plays on the field in the first half the Red Raiders got on the board on the opening drive of the second half. Jahmir Dixon took a jet sweep in from 12 yards out giving them the 7-3 lead. Dixon’s touchdown was set up two plays earlier when Dixon hauled in a 28 yard pass from Juan Pablo Moreland that put them at the Cougars 15 yard line.
After a Robert Hneleski interception and return gave them possession at the Red Raider 3 yard line Jack Clark gave the Cougars lead with his two yard touchdown plunge.
Following Mark McKeon interception of Jake Rama the Red Raiders took possession over at the Cougars 40 and three plays later Moreland found Tommy Deshan behind the Cougars defense for the 39 yard touchdown however Matt Liotta extra point attempt was blocked. Moreland finished the game with 102 yards passing and Belveal lead the Raiders rushing attack with 79 yards on 16 carries.
The Cougars offense was led by Jayden Baiden who rushed for 145 yards on 29 carries.
Next week the Cougars (2-1) head to Strath Haven (2-1) while the Red Raiders (2-1) will travel to Marple to take on the undefeated Tigers. Kick off for both games is scheduled for 7 pm
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